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  1. Kalso didn't "voluntarily" retire in his prime to serve his country. He was fulfilling his ROTC obligation. That doesn't make Kalso's sacrifice any less, but it is a meaningfully different scenario. Tillman was a fairly unique guy who made a fairly unique decision. I also disagree that he was not a good football player - he was. He wasn't a HOF worthy NFL player though and he shouldn't be in the Hall as a player.
  2. They can pull the tag any time before the deal that goes along with it is signed. After it is signed, like Hankmoody said, Cousins is going to get that money from the Skins or another team they trade him to. The only other possibility is that Cousins signs a different deal with either team (obviously not going to happen with the Skins). I can't imagine the Skins will be dumb enough to do this AGAIN.
  3. To the folks concerned about Howard's situation this year... How much worse is it going to be than last year? From week 3 on (when he began to start), he was the #7 RB. On a 3-13 team with 3 different starting QB, all of whom sucked pretty badly, with very few good receiving options to open things up for him, he still managed to put up 5.2 YPC - good for 2nd in the league behind McCoy. When Jeffery, the only really good skill position player they had, went out at the end of the season the team sucked harder than ever, but Howard's numbers went UP. There is no guarantee he wil
  4. The risk is real, but it is low. If he has a mediocre/slightly bad season, he won't get top dollar, but almost certainly someone will give him at least as much as his extension would have netted him in new guaranteed money. Cap will go up, and even a bottom half guy will command $30M in guarantees for a new 5 year deal. Similarly, if he has a bad injury, his price will go down, but how much? It's not like a back who shreds his knee and is forever "damaged goods". Unless he tears up his throwing shoulder or something crazy, it will drop him but not down to nothing. Too many teams need
  5. They never countered, and I don't see why they would. The Skins (still) seem to be in denial and Kirk's team recognized that fact. Why bother when you have a perfectly good guarantee sitting right in front of you? All of the motivation to make a deal was on the Skins' side and if they never presented anything close to reasonable (especially until VERY late in the game), why bother to counter? I'm sure they talked about what it would take, but no formal offer was made because it was always fairly clear the Skins weren't going to seriously over-pay - which is would have taken to get the deal
  6. I find this whole thing fairly fascinating. On one hand, I tend to agree that Cousins is NOT a top 3 or 4 type QB. He may not be top 10. So I understand not backing up the armored car to secure his services forever. On the other hand, even given that, it seems like the Redskins have badly bungled this. Even if EVERYONE agreed Cousins was not an upper echelon guy, the Skins still totally lowballed him in 2015. In theory, offers in the past shouldn't impact value going forward, but that's gotta stick in the back of Kirk's mind. Then they tag him, which by definition indicates that
  7. The exact concussion concern scale: 1 not a big deal. 2 not that big a deal 3 not a huge deal, but a little concerning 4 Houston, we have a problem 5 This probably means football isn't for you anymore 6 Too late, the 5th one scrambled your brain so much that you don't recognize the 6th one is one too many Seriously, of course there is nothing magic between 5 and 6, but it most definitely DOES matter how many you get, and every additional one is worse - especially during a relatively short period of time. People WERE freaking out about the 5th one, an
  8. I was initially outraged. I thought it was just another self-aggrandizing moment by a prima-donna athlete. I didn't think it was the appropriate protest. I felt it was disrespectful. But the thing is, there are very rarely protests that are 100% appropriate and effective at the same time. The whole thing still makes me queasy, and I don't really "support" the action. It's hard to say "I love America" ans then basically indicate the opposite by disrespecting the American anthem. Either you love it, or you don't. That doesn't mean you can't hate things ABOUT the country and still lov
  9. I came in for this reason. That fro is MAGNIFICENT. Seriously. This white dude is not being sarcastic in the least, so jealous.
  10. Splitting hairs I guess, and I can't claim to be an expert, but my guess is that NFL players can be cut for any reason simply because teams don't even have to GIVE a reason. In this case, his performance will make any questioning of the reasoning for the cut difficult at best. But even if he was the best player in the league, they could still cut him if they wanted to and not say a word about why, even if it were obvious.
  11. Fair enough. We agree on most of that. I just very often see people talking about free speech as if that means you can't be let go because of what you say... There are written rules and there are unwritten rules. And the post you responded to may well be referring to a very similar situation. The "rules" would likely not be very specific in either case. And in Kap's case, they are likely to be tougher in general because of the very public nature of his job.
  12. Folks always seem to confuse these issues. There are considerable differences between... What is legal Yep, he's legal alright What is right Not for me to say... What is against the rules Probably not against any specific rule What you can get fired for In many states, nearly anything What you can get released from an NFL team for Pretty much anything You can apply the same questions and get the same answers for releasing a public statement saying that you support the legalization of raping children. It's legal and isn't breaki
  13. I really like that post and I agree with you on many fronts. The league DOES care or at least wants to appear that it cares, or the rule wouldn't be in place at all. Some of the fans care as well, and I'm sure some of the players care too. So a lot of people have strong feelings on this. I also agree that folks who believe in the RR are likely to believe in affirmative action in general (although I do think there is a significant difference in that collegiate affirmative action tends to be in place because there is significant under-representation of certain segments compared to the genera
  14. But that is the unwritten goal. If the league achieved 50% Asian coaches and no African American coaches, do you think everyone would be satisfied? The whole "issue" is based on percentage of African American players vs percentage of African American coaches. So the rule may say any ethnic minority qualifies, but that isn't the real point or the real goal, whether folks acknowledge that or not. Can't have it both ways. If it doesn't relate to racial breakdown among players, mission accomplished - there are a higher than expected number of minority head coaches compared to the general popu
  15. We are just coming from very different angles on this. I don't care if a coach is a former player, because the two occupations have almost NOTHING to do with each other in terms of actual requirements for the job. Because of that I don't think the ratio of AA players and AA coaches need to be correlated AT ALL. There is no under-representation. None of the math you present is relevant to me because I strongly disagree with the underlying premise - that because a certain percentage of players happens to be of one race, the people COACHING those players have to be of the same race (or have t
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